Literary Celebrations and Holidays

There are many literary celebrations and important dates that take place throughout the year. Acknowledging these dates can be a great way for teachers and librarians to boost excitement for reading among students, and also a way for authors to connect with their readers.

While there are many detailed calendars out there that include everything from Clean Out Your Bookcase Day to Bad Poetry Day, I wanted to create a calendar of events that a significant number of those in the children’s book community and/or in schools typically mark in some way. (For a very extensive list, check here: booksbeansandbotany.com/book-holidays/.)

I plan to update this list each year, close to the beginning of the year, but please feel free to copy these dates into your own calendar. Some of them remain the same each year while some are variable.

Multicultural Children’s Book Day – 1/25/24

multiculturalchildrensbookday.com

Children’s Authors and Illustrators week – Starts 2/1/24

readwritethink.org/classroom-resources/calendar-activities/celebrate-children-authors-illustrators

World Read Aloud Day – 2/7/24

litworld.org/worldreadaloudday

(See also author Kate Messner’s blog. In late fall, Kate creates a spreadsheet of authors available for WRAD that teachers can use when reaching out to organize visits. katemessner.com/blog/)

International Book Giving Day – 2/14/24

nationaltoday.com/international-book-giving-day/

Read Across America Day and Week – 3/2/24-3/6/24

nea.org/professional-excellence/student-engagement/read-across-america

World Poetry Day – 3/21/24

unesco.org/en/days/poetry

National Poetry Month – April

poets.org/national-poetry-month

International Children’s Book Day – 4/2/24

ibby.org/awards-activities/activities/international-childrens-book-day

School Library Month – April

ala.org/aasl/advocacy/slm

National School Librarian Day – 4/4/24

ala.org/aasl/advocacy/slm

National Library Week – 4/7/24-4/13/24

ala.org/conferencesevents/celebrationweeks/natlibraryweek

Right To Read Day – 4/8/24

uniteagainstbookbans.org/right-to-read-day/

D.E.A.R. Day (Drop Everything And Read)/Beverly Cleary’s Birthday – 4/12/24

beverlycleary.com/dear-day

Poem in Your Pocket Day – 4/18/24

poets.org/academy-american-poets/programs/national-poem-your-pocket-day

Independent Bookstore Day – 4/27/24

bookweb.org/independent-bookstore-day

Free Comic Book Day – 5/4/24

freecomicbookday.com

Children’s Book Week – 5/6/24-5/12/24

everychildareader.net/cbw/

Teacher Appreciation Week – 5/6/24-5/10/24

Teacher Appreciation Day – 5/7/24

nea.org/TAW

International Literacy Day – 9/8/24

unesco.org/en/days/literacy

National Family Literacy Day – 11/1/24

readwritethink.org/classroom-resources/calendar-activities/celebrate-national-family-literacy

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